Department of Labor finds truckers have a high rate of work-related injuries and deaths
An article titled One out of every six Americans killed on the job is a truck driver, reports that the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics has found some startling facts about work-related deaths for truck drivers. In the year 2014, 761 truckers were killed while on the job. That amounts to truckers accounting for one 16.67% of all workplace fatalities.
The article also points out that the Department’s report also reveals that heavy haul and tractor-trailer drivers sustain the highest number of injuries that require them to miss work relative to all other jobs. These kinds of injuries numbered over 55,000 in 2014.
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